Wintertide Festival promises weekend of fun

Published Wednesday, 21st November 2018

The Wintertide Festival takes place for the fourth time on Hartlepool's Headland this weekend (November 23-25) and once again it promises a feast of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

It is an independent festival run by volunteers from the Headland Festival Group and aims to bring the community together to celebrate local heritage, arts and culture and showcase local talent.

The weekend will feature a whole range of activities and attractions, including crafts and hand-made wares, a festival market, performances, live music and a fun fair.

Events will be taking place at sites across the Headland and the festival is free to participate in.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “The festival provides a great opportunity to showcase the many attractions and wonderful community spirit that exists on the Headland and I would encourage people to support it.”

The Wintertide Festival


The festival will begin on Friday November 23rd with a lantern parade from 5.30-6pm from the Heugh Gun Battery Museum to the Town Square outside the Borough Hall. Pupils from St Bega’s and St Helen’s Primary Schools will showcase their lantern creations. Visitors are welcome to bring their own bells/musical instruments and illuminations and join in the parade. Father Christmas will then officially open the festival with a Christmas lights switch on.

Activities will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday November 24th and 25th and the whole weekend will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display on the Pilot Pier (the Town Wall provides the best viewing point) from 6-6.30pm on Sunday.

For more information about the full programme of events and activities go to